The other day Omar who rides for Pyskopath Industries/Bikes invited me over to their ramps in San Undisclosed , California. Psykopath started out as a rider owned racing team and later added on a freestyle team as well as products. Their "training facility" and office is based out of a house with a large ramp in the backyard. The entrance to the office is the best part since everyone walks up the ramp and climbs through the window. Inside there are bike parts everywhere and if there were any strangled hookers, they hid them well. Zack Held the team manager showed me the prototype of their 5150 frame. It has been revised to include a Spanish BB, internal headset and they shaved a bit of weight off as well.
Have you seen Clint's video? is a questions I've been asked a lot lately. The Selftitled video is Clint Millar's first production and it's a damn good one. It features the Australian bad asses on spots we don't get to see too often. If you know Clint, you can understand that it has some strong international content too. The dude travels the world and when back home he works for TripleSix distribution, runs the Colony company, rides his ass off and found time to edit this BMX bicycle movie. Most riders in the video are sponsored by one of the brands that the distribution company carries and includes Ryan Guettler, Clint Millar, Pete Radivo, David Manconi, Kym Grosser, Nick Richardson, Kenny Raggett, Nick Cooper, Mike Lawrence and Zack Musarsa. Funny enough it starts off with a Carhartt clip featuring Belgian Hannu Cools riding on his home turf in Belgium but then quickly moves on to the great riding that Australia has to offer. If you haven't heard of the names mentioned above, you will soon as
Cologne, 15.07.2006: Sony Computer Entertainment Germany and freedombmx-magazine are happy to announce the following: A new contest-series in Germany: The "PlayStation® Portable The Champ Series" takes place in Germany between August and September this year. The "PlayStation® Portable The Champ Series" will find out which BMXer has the most skills with a new contest-system!
Three contests – one dirt, one street and one miniramp contest. There will be a winner of each contest plus an overall-winner (by points): the "champ". Tourstop 1: PlayStation® Portable The Champ Series, DIRT on August 19th in Augsburg at the brand new trails (outdoor with an option to go to the nearby indoor dirtjumps). Tourstop 2: PlayStation® Portable The Champ Series, STREET on September 23rd in Hamburg at the i-punkt skatepark (indoor)
The pro qualifiers faced some rain on Saturday. That's why everyone made it to the final on Sunday. Also those who had already ridden on Saturday. The finals with 58 riders took place in the blistering heat on Sunday afternoon on a course that saw quite a few new obstacles. Instead of calling it Street, it should be called Park but that doesn't take things away from the riding that was going on. Riders were trying fronties over the box that had a little higher landing that messed up a few guys. Alessandro Barbero did not have any problems with it as he pulled all the latest moves on it including double whip 360-s for the victory. He's from Italy so he's used to riding in these temperatures most of the year. Chris Doyle no-footed cancan-ed the spine and found different lines for second while Hector Garcia from Mexico ripped it up for third. Hector also made it to the World's in Prague last year and impressed in pro mini there. Mark König from Germany won the adidas best trick Spine contest with a 270 Tailtap to icepick to toothpick tailwhip over the spine.
We're not sure if it was the announcement of Mat Hoffman competing at the Masters but many riders showed up to be on top of the ramp together with the legendary Condor. Mat actually had some bad luck leading up to the contest. First of all he was operated upon his knee only two weeks before the comp. He couldn't walk before that but it all healed in time (or passed Mat's pain barrier) for him to compete. On his way here, one flight got cancelled and two were delayed making his trip less than enjoyable. On arrival his gear bag did not show up forcing him to get some shoes and shorts to even be able to ride. Once on top of the vert ramp for a training session he pumped up his tire which caused a flat. Sweet. Two more flats followed on the weekend but Mat has dealt with bad luck and pain before.
His fellow riders enjoyed his company and so did the big crowd. Time was allowed for each rider to try a hard trick at the end of their run. There was no buzzer or anything like that that immediately ended everyone's run.
First want to thank Rick and all the VBMX'er staff that made this a great experience!!! This trip almost didn't happen due to a rare tumor I have in my jaw but was able to shuffle some appointments around to get to the Rock this year. Carolyn and I had our hands full at the last minute to get everything packed and I still needed to build the bikes on Thursday! Our 5 1/2 hour trip with a trailer full of bikes was a tad interesting but made it in for the swap meet, which unfortunately there was not a lot of representation? Set up the canopy (MN Faction) and headed over to watch some motos, the racing is so fast at the Rock!
The NBL/UCI Elite Series, which ran parallel to the UCI North American Continental Series, came to a close at the NBL Stars N’ Stripes National in South Park and Formula’s Donny Robinson and Fly/Supercross’s Krystal Hime have won their respective Elite Men and Elite Women’s titles. In keeping with the tradition of offering the most lucrative level of Elite racing in the country, the NBL added the program as a ‘series within a series’ to further promote the UCI North American Continental races, paying out more than $13,000 in purses and $10,000 in year-end awards.
The World Cup might have come to an end but it felt like a sold out stadium when the Pro mini finals started. The stands were totally full and also the field in front of it was packed with people who didn't want to miss any of the final action. Instead of paying 500 Euros for a ticket to watch the finals, in Cologne it was closer to the prize of a cinema ticket for all the entertainment. We found a perfect spot on top of the adidas container where they were serving drinks as well. It was as if we were watching from a sky box and it was nice.
We're back from the BMX Masters and can finally give you an update or 2 on the happenings in Cologne. After trying to upload one photo for over an hour from the press office I gave up. The Vito hotel didn't have a connection either. Damn, it's only Monday, give me a break. Here's the dirt report to start with.
Suzuki BMX Masters Dirt The big roll-in was placed in an angle where you actually couldn't even see the jumps because of all the trees. After dropping in a 90 degree right turn lead you to the first big set, followed by another big set and then a hipper to the right and a smaller double. The 90 degree left hand turn lead you to the last set where you had to jump into a hole first. It was a nice change from the regular big jump set-up and Marcus Hampl and crew did a great job. It was easy to pick out the real trail riders from those trying to make it through.
It was a straight final for all those who entered on Saturday night.
Friday, 21 July 2006 New for 2006, BMX Big Air is coming to X Games 12, see it LIVE only Pay Per View Mat Hoffman pioneered the big ramp era when he built the first big quarterpipe in the spring of 1992. He went 23’ above a 21’ tall quarter pipe, more than doubling any previous highest air. In the spring of 2001 he set a new record high air at 26.5 feet and is officially recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the “Highest BMX Vert Air”. In Dec. 21, 2000, Colin Winkelman sets World record longest BMX jump record at 116 ft. Put these two ramps together and you have the Mega Ramp and BMX Big Air.